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who opposed the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the u.s. military thought maybe the policy of don't ask don't tell would be repealed. it didn't happen. but before tha there was high drama on capitol hill over what would happen, even a huge celebrity made her plea for a change ithe policy. our own key o'donnell has been covering the story and she's with us tonight from washington. kelly, good evening. >> hi, brian. >> reporter: the emotions run deep and the intensity playing out is, to some degree, about the future of thpolicy itself and a lot is about politics. with just a few weeks to go before the mid-term elections. >> this is a blatant political approximately ploy in order to approximately in order to galvanize the political base of the other side which is facing a losing election. >> it is wrong to suggest that the fight legislatively is election-driven. >> reporter: republicans effectively blocked repealing th17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military so the president's often-repeated promise goes unfulfilled. >> i will end e "don't ask don't tell." that's
're with us. grab your coffee, here's a peek outside. 66 degrees inside the beltway. but this morning, we got down to the 50s and even some 40s in our subu suburbs, oh, yeah, that's what fall is all about. some more numbers show we're at 56 in martinsburg and hagerstown. 64 in la plata right now. leonardtown, in the 70s. that's where we're headed this afternoon. by the lunch hour, we'll be approaching the middle 70s. 78, 79 later this afternoon. there is some rain coming. i'll tell you how it may or may not impact the redskins game coming up in a few minutes, barbara. >> okay, kim. thank you very much. see you in a moment. >>> a day that's always going to be in the collective memory of our nation. nine years ago today, four planes, two in new york, one here in dc, one in pennsylvania brought unspeakable grief to the lives and the communities across the country. today the thousands lost that day are being remembered in ceremonies around the country. the largest ceremony at ground zero got under way just minutes ago. michelle franzen has more on how the country will be remembering this solemn a
of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 coran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails flooded the church's in box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church door. the center sits outside a cow pasture in gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pastor jones admits he's never read the koran but takes no responsibility if burning it leads to an attack on a u.s. so
the lower great lakes to much of the midwest. we'll have this warmth with us throughout the afternoon, but some relief on he way coming into the midwest. there's a prng triggering showers in michigan, northern indiana, central illinois. that front will arriving, but for this afternoon, sunny and hot, the record 94 set on this date back in 1970 will likely tie it or exceed it. by midafternoon with a southwesterly breeze. a look at the release on the way for the weekend and changes with much-needed rain. detai are coming up. >> we'll see you soon. thank you, tom. jim ross has the latest on the traffic. >> good morning, eun. we have some serious accidents out there. we have another one inside the beltway. right now we're looking at the beltway at river road, this is the it inner loop. an accident along the left side. now, in we could, we could g over to the camera that's overlooking the roosevelt bridge, traffic was squeezing by to the right. that's been there for a t. expect to find significant delays inside the beltway on 66 heading toward the roosevelt bridge. you may want to try the
and now she's using her a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universatelevision >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, beeve it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out wha to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the grou. nbc's in washington to tell us more. >> reporter: sarah palin is becoming a party king-maker while at the same time defying the reblican establishment. now the question is will she, can she, try to parlay that popularity with the conservative base into a successful run for the oval office? for sarah palin, these are heady days. >> it's time for no more business as usual. it is time to take our country back. >> reporter: fresh off a string of primary victories
prevented the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is raised from beneath the gulf. now investigators can finally get an up close look at why it failed. >>> hitting the trail, with congressional democrats facing tough challenges in the upcoming mid term elections they've called on the white house for reinforcements. it's not the president they're asking for. >>> and the heiress, a half billion dollar fortune, a reclusive elderly woman who hasn't been seen out in public for decades and questions about what's happening to all that money. today, sunday, september 5th, money. today, sunday, september 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. we didn't just skirt hurricane earl here in new york city. it has been one of the most beautiful weekends we've had to date. >> yeah. in our case the storm mustered in good weather. >> great weather. >> we should have that nonstorm -- storm
riders can also use the service by calling the number and simply saying next bus. >>> if you live in virginia, you'll have to wait at least another day before getting your driver's license renewed in person. none of the commonwealth 74 dmvs can handle transactions involving photos because of a computer glitch. the problem first arose last week and it's not clear when it will be resolved. in your license expired or will expire between august 26th and september 30th, you will not be ticketed if you get pull over by a police officer. >>> the race for d.c.'s next mayor is heating up. fenty is preparing to debate gray. it's 9 first debate since the latest poll shows the mayor trailing gray by sizable margin. tracee wilkins has details. >> reporter: according to the "washington post" poll released on sunday, the mayor is trailing by double digits. the did democratic primary is just two weeks away, making today's debate that much more critical. some voters h already know who they want. >> i'm going to be voting for fenty temperature. >> i'd like a change and gray is the one that i would
been reported. we hope someone calls us. we have a lot of resources, orking with the metropolitan police and the fire investigators. we are hoping something will pride information we need the community's help. >> back on august 25th. you believe they were connected? >> yes, 2350i6, six, a half dozen or so that we believe are connected. several others, well over a dozen that may be coected. again, some of the fires may have been mechanical. we have things we are looking out to rule out. since they all occurred in this area, same time frame, there are suspicions about this. we are hopeful someoneas information to help us close some of the cases. >> thanks for joining us. nobody has been injured. they happen late at nightor early in the morning. 202-67-arson, if you have any information. >> a two year-old is in critical condition at children's hospital when the toddler accidently shot himself in the cst. it happened on elliott drive monday morning. the toddler found a loaded gun hidden under a bed. his 16 year-old brother, they say, stole the gun and hid it in the toddler bedroom. he
before. our whithouse correspondent savannah guthrie is here with us in our new york studios with more on this to start us off. >> reporter: as is customary in washington, colbert submitted prepared written remarking before his testimony, and they looked straightforrd enough. when he sat down to testify, he went off script and into his comedy routine. and not everyone is laughing tonight. on capitol hill today, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert, was billed as an expert witness on farm labor. and testified in character. >> congresswoman asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important complicated issue, and i certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. >> reporter: one congressman initially asked him to leave. >> you run your show, we run the committee. but what do you say to that, stephen? >> reporter: but the testimony went on for several uncomfortable minutes. though not every member gave hi
of the u.s. supreme court. justice steven breyer. >>> standing up to bullying in school. what most kidslready know and what parents need to know about the problem. >>> and sudden death. a high school ball player's close call in the end zone, and what some are calling the miracle that saved his life. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-univsal television >>> od eveng. there was something about watching all those homes in calirnia iinerated in th natural gas explosion and fire that made people think otheir own homes, to see a neighborhood that was thrivi just last week, gone today, makes you think twice about the dangers we all live with. in this case, the pipelines and gas mains that crisscross the country and bring energy to american homes. hundreds of thousands of miles of them passing under mmunities like san bruno, california. we start off just south of san francisco. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. tonight, the compa that owns the run purred line offered a bp-like fund. $100 million for families affected by the blast, b tonight, many of them jus
-universal television >>> good eveni. for years a lot of us bought them without thinking much about them. then you tend to think about them when cases of salmonella start galloping across the country as they just did. so today in washington, they heard testimony from two of the largest egg producers in this country. millions of people have purchased their brands without knowing it and still will. the problem is, 1,600 people got sick recently in 22 out of 50 states. there could be many more who passed it off as a passing bug. 500 million eggs were recalled. today, we got a glimpse, for better or worse, into these two big producers. our own tom costello starts us off from washington. he's in a store there tonight. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. in fact, most grocery stores nationwide, all stores should be free of those bad eggs. today, the iowa farm at the center of this mess suggested that a third provider, a feed supplier, may be responsible f the salmonella that has led to the recall of 500 million eggs. on capitol hill today, the man at the center of the biggest saonella egg recall ev
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now shourd is still in custody. herawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she wil be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of esonage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleased but intern
. >>> we must begin with a major news story just up the coast from us here in california. it was dinner time last night, about 6:15 in san bruno, california, the routine of a normal thursday in the neighborhood was shattered by an explosion so loud it was heard for miles. then came the geyser of flames shooting 300 feet in the air and then the noise. people near the blast zone understandably thought it was an earthquake, a nuclear explosion, perhaps a plane had gone down. turned out to be a natural gas line exploding and a fire that wasn't brought under control until just this afternoon. san bruno is a city of about 30,000 people, give or take, just south of san francisco, just west of that city's airport, sfo. federal investigators have converged on the neighborhood where the gas main blew up. we begin our broadcast tonight from the scene. our own kristen welker and miguel almaguer are there for us tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brin, good evening. the national transportation safety board is leading this investigation. the blast has already been called a state of emergency
. >>> and saying goodbye to edwin newman, whose brilliant career made us all better. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if there is a lesson from last night, here it is. the tea party is for real, in case anyone had any dots. and within the republican party, you could see some veteran politicians adjusting to that idea after watching a few establishment politicians go down to defeat last night. they were primary elections last night in a number of importa places and races. the message of voter discontent, and the status quo, loud and clear. while that w last night's result, and november is something else entirel lots of people awoke to a new political reality today. but there's a lot of that going around, starting in delaware where our own kelly o'donnell starts us off tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tonight, democrats and tea par supporters are excited about the same big upset here, each believing it can help their separate causes. while republican officials are trying to figure out how to win with a candidate th
north an there's still more on the way. sour ore tom ctello starts us off from here in chevy chase, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. in fact, the east coast has been struggling through droht conditions, but today it got hammered. it started out with heavy rain, then flash flood and tornado watches fromhe outer banks of north carolina all the way north to new jersey. it was the dead of night when howling winds and the heaviest rains in months swept through the mid-atlantic. flooding neighborhoods, homes, roads, and making a mess of the morning rush. in metro washington, it caused one city bus to slam into another, injuring 26 passengs, including eight high schoolers. >> neck pain, back pain, minor lacerations and abrasions. >> reporter: the d.c. area is expecting seven inches of rain by the time this all moves out tonight. >> we've got many creeks and streams out of their banks. >> reporter: in myrtle beach, south carolina, the water has much othe city in a stand still. >> hopefully it will drain off in the next day or so, but right now we can't get out
someone hit her. >> why ha you decided to run for the u.s. senate? >> i don't feel our elected officials are responsive to the needs of their constituents. >> reporter: she is just 30 years old, athird-yeesh law student but running on the ticket. her campaign motto is a litel statement too. she was training for a triathalon when a driver hit her on her bike on campus way and largo early sunday morning. >> my hope is that she is 100% back to where she was when she left the house. right now, i just want to be able to lookt her and recognize her. >> reporter: recognizing her daughter again will take time. and a medical miracle. natasha suffered from multiple broken bones, a head injury, and lost a kidney in surgery. >> there was a need to resuscitate because there were no vital signs or signs of life. and i would like to know what would have caused someone to hit another human being on their bicycle. clearly if you don't see the person, you should have seen the bicycle. >> reporter: the driver told police, she didn't see the bike until she drove home and spotted it unher escalade.
the defense secretary robert gates is in iraq meeting with u.s. troops as they formally end their combat mission there. gates's plan touched down hours after president obama told americans it was time to turn the page on iraq. fewer than 50 nourks troops rema remain. president obama did not declare victory in iraq but did say the u.s. gave the iraqi people a chance to shape their future. tracie potts has the latest from washington. >> reporter: now with the military operation in iraq over, president obama says our next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with dwcombat troo out of iraq, he announced a new mission. >> restore our economy and put the millions of americans back to work. >> reporter: he blamed massive deficits of financing a decade of war with borrowed money. his focus now, jobs and afghanistan. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the afghan peoples. >> reporter: republicans criticize the president for opposing the bush surge that turned it around in iraq. >> some leaders who fought tooth and nail to
.n. the president of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with it's controversial comments about 9/11. this morning the one hiker who was free is here for an exclusive interview. >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," friday, september 24, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and orange, -- gorge, everyone. >> residents in parts of minnesota bracing for another round of serious floods. >> another heavy downpour promptpromp prompted officials -- >>> also ahead,he latest on the actor who appeare in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" has now been found guilty of atechlted murder. he stabbed his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times and she survived. she will speak out about her ordeal when she joins us live. >>> and we talk about a william who survived a difficult surgery in which doctors cut off the lower what are of her body to remove a tumor. >>> in the news this morning, hundreds of people have been forced from their homes because of flooding in parts of wisconsin and minnesota where both gover
way. that reporter is sharing her si of the story with us in a live inrview, today, tuesday, si of the story with us in a live inrview, today, tuesday, september 14, 2010. captions paid for nbc-universal televisi matt this morning. p the attempt the attempt t of sarof sarahp of sarah s br but thbut thep bubur saidandrp plive in teheranp > > invnop not from excitement, he actunop not from excitement, he actuall p nursnurse watchingp r exclusively. oing tr gg intense r y ttway to y to frewa correspondents. d ria, good morning. the shourd family trying to win her release. trying to get the bail, $500,000. they're waiting to see but the are some signals that she could be released at any time. they're hoping for that to happen. >> the discussions about this potential release. the discussions about the would-be mosque near ground zero. what's that done in the political climate where you are? >> it's really added to the tension here, the ai-american spirit. and, in fact, if the government needed any excuse to try to drum up more anti-american fever, you can see the state-owned newspape
. kerry, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, good evening, brian. yes, nbc news has confirmed that secretary of defense robert gates late this afternoon phoned pastor jones. then a short time later, pastor jones came out here with all the world's eyes looking at this field in rural florida. they heard the pastor announce that he no longer plans to build a bonfire with more than 200 korans. pastor terry jones says he no longer plans to burn the koran. >> we have been in very much thought and prayer over this whole period. a lot of times we were asked what would it take to call this thing off. we have thought it over many times. >> reporter: the pastor now says burning the koran was directly linked to plans to build an islamic cultural center and mosque in lower manhattan near ground zero. >> if they were willing to either cancel the mosque at the ground zero location or if they were willing to move that location, if they were willing to move it away from that location, we would consider that a sign from god. >> reporter: flanked by an imam from central florida jones claims imam
here in the u.s. i'm steve handelsman, washington. >> and there is no word on whether jones will reconsider his plan. >> that plan to burn the koran, proclamations around the world. in afghanistan, a cleric said the u.s. government should be held responsible for the actions taken by muslims in defense of their holy book. in lebanon, the shiite cleric called for muslims to join together to confront those who plot against islam. in pakistan, a spokesman for the foreign office called the pastor's plan shameful. >> strongly condemn this fanatic approach and oppose those who in the name of freedom and liberty are resorting to bigotry, undermining the work that has been done toward promoting interfaith harmony since 9/11. >> today the european union also condemned the pastor's plan. >>> another metro access driver is accused of sexual assault. 59-year-old samuel from gaithersburg was arrested on sunday. he is charged with the sexual assault of a metro access passenger. the alleged incident happened august 27th in montgomery county. he work for a subcontractor for metro access whic
a chain of events. >> for us here, we are surprised that would happen. yeah. >> reporter: close by your house? >> yeah. very close. >> reporter: the s.w.a.t. team deployed. some highway exits shut down. nearby schools placed on code blue, a systematic search begins. that ex-boyfriend, that suspect identified as 32-year-old joshua prince, a hospital worker, armed and dangerous. according to court documents september 1st, the victim broke up with joshua prince. september 3rd the victim goes out with another friend and returns to her apartment. the victim claims prince was watching her and her friend. the victim says that night prince banged on her door for 30 minutes. the victim says she opened the door and told prince it's over. later that night the victim says her car and her friend's cara n vandalized. september 4th the victim seeks a protective order against prince saying she is in fear for her safety. then this morning in that parking garage, the shooting incident. >> he believed that she may have started seeing someone else and he resides in this apartment complex as well as she re
into what caused it. now the latest on this. >> the use of this fire remains under investigation. while there's been lots of speculation about what caused it go we're still awaiting word from investigators about what caused the fire. meanwhile, what is known is that a lot of homes, a lot of lives have been disrupted by this. and there is an outpouring of support moral and otherwise for those lives were changed. across the street, vinyl siding and a cable box melted from the extreme heat. it started in about 3:00 p.m. thursday. smoke could be sen for miles. concern for flooding flames will will for block. >> they did move us a block up the road. we just live right up the street and debris was flying into our yard. >> reporter: there was a challenge for firefighters. the home were close together. >> access was somewhat limited. and our fire an rat us is rather large, trying to place that in a most advantageous situation. >> reporter: the fire was eventually put down. the aftermath proved too much for one homeowner. >> just to maybe -- terrible. >> when they were building them, i said thes
, we're giving you props. >> welcome, craig, good to have you with us. we're starting off with a clear sky, no travel problems weatherwise. if you're planning an early exit from washington or anybody heading back home should not have any difficulties, flights should be arriving -- shouldn't have weather delays and all of the roads and streets and sidewalks are dry. only in the 50s in many locations and 63 in washington. right on the waters it's in the low to mid-60s. quite a chilly start on the eastern shore. it's chilly in western maryland. it's a chilly morning there this morning. in the low 40s in many locations as a large area of high pressure is over us now bringing us yet another sunny day with a royal blue sky. highs reaching the low to mid-80s today. then tomorrow it will be mostly sunny again and it's going to be hotter as we get off to work and school. upper 80s bit afternoon and we'll repeat that on wednesday, cooler thursday. ashley, how's the labor day traffic? >> good morning. diving right in with the good news of the holiday, no big problems to report. taking a look at 3
. but from al qaeda'perspective, they were successful. they tied uphe u.s. security services, they cost a great deal of money. and al qaeda decided we got a lot of bang for a iled attack. let's keep them going. that's what has people concerned. >> we keep calling the new normal, keeps changing all the time. richard engel, thanks as always. >>> now to what was a breaking domestic story late today. a terrible bus crash in maryland. at least one person wakilled when a charter bus carrying children and their parents fell 45 feet off a sky ramp on the d.c. beltway. it landed along a stretch of interstate 270, backed up traffic 15 miles and we're told that won't be cleared for hours. state police say rescue crews had to cut free four people who were trapped inside the bus. some of the survivors we're told tonight have sadly life-threatening injuries. >>> much othe east coast is under a serious flood watch tonight, and take a look at why. it's a weather system that stretches between two major cities very far apart. miami, all the way north to new york, as if traveling along i-95. it's already
in michael bloomberg. but only from a legal standpoint. >> the u.s. constitution says you have a right to do that. period. end of story. the government can't stop you from burning a book. i said i thought it was distasteful, disrespectful and outraged, that it jeopardizes this country and our troops but the constitution protects it. >> reporter: not even the white house has been able to convince zwroenz drop his plans, to burn copies of the koran this saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11. >> as of this time, we have no intention of canceling. >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful disgraceful act. that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: even gainesville city officials are looking for a way to stop it but so far, no luck. nbc news. >>> today vatican also condemned the plan to burn the koran. general david petraeus is warning against burning the koran. he is commander of u.s. and nato forces of afghanistan. he said if the koran burning does take place, images of the event will be used by extremist in afghanistan and a
the outer banks expected overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you. >>> police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue
they hate the most. >> come sunday, they belong to us. we have a new coach. we have new players. and we're going to beat the cowboys. no ifs, ands or buts about it. >> they have men or tormenters. they have their share of cowboy fans. also confident for a win. >> a win. 28-0. done. we own this here. 13 straight games. that's all i got to say. >> 50/50 redskins and cowboys. and we've got a bet going to see who is going, ending up coming to work on monday. because you know, it's a shame when you come in and your team lose. >> the big game kicks off at 8:20 sunday night. reporting from fed-ex field. elaine reyes, news4. >>> the redskins' cheerleaders traveled to new york to made an appearance on the "today" show. they also got to dance with the country band sugar band performed. >>> and you don't have to worry about getting home in your car if you take metro after the game. metro is staying open later and will add more cars to help fans get home after the game. the trains won't stop running until 1:00 on monday morning. >>> iyou can't make it to the game, tune in right here on nbc 4 to cat
he steal the idea from his harvard classmates. they settled for $65 million, now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. monday, july 20, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> officials in bermuda are saying that they are still trying to assess the damage from hurricane igor. >> hurricane force winds and driving rain has led to extensive power outages. >> it looks pretty this morning. >>> also ahead, former president jimmy cart is in the house and we'll be speaking toim about a number of topics including the rise of the tea party, those two american hikers still being detained in iran and what he seeses a his own place in history. >>> on a different note, there are new problems for lindsay lohan. could the troubled actress be sent back to jai after she admitted that she failed a court ordered drug test. wel have the latest on that story as well. >>> let's given with the damage caused by hurricane igor in bermu
correspondent, chuck todd, here with us to start us off. >> good evening. we'll start with the number everybody asks about five weeks before the election and that is, this generic ballot question. who's up? who's down? what do you prefer? last month, it was a nine-point advantage for the republican now, the lead has shrunk to six. the mood of the electorate hadn't changed. theyant change. they don't like the direction of the country and democrats ar starting to engage african-americans and hispanics. as peter ht, our pollster put it, democrats can change the turnout but not the landape. but what is the change voters want? what is this change th want? listen to this, 75% say the result they'd like to see is reduced special interest influence. 70% want to elect political outsiders, even if they are inexperienced, whether we're talking about christine o'donnell from delaware or other folks like that. 54% hope the tea party enthusiasm in the republican party makes them a fiscay conservative party. 54% want to see the repeal of health care, but what's interesting. they care about these things more t
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led b the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans have died this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the causef this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situati like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a talibanpokesman claimg responsibilit
winds hit an office building that used to be a church, knocking the steeple inside the building, where it almost hit a woman's desk. she was away from her desk at the time and no one was hurt. dramatic, you don't see that everyday. it is now 7:04. back to meredith and al. we had severe thunderstorms last night. >> came rolling >>> mild and rather humid. good morning on this thursday morning. we have some clouds coming through, a temperatures now 73 in washington. mild around much of the region. and the view from our radar showing one shower now movg into northern frederick county, maryland, out of northeastern washington county drifting off to the east-northeast. later today we should climb into the low 90s, mid-90s tomorrow and lower humidity. cooler weather for the weekend. clouds around on sunday. small chance of a shower. >>> that's your latest wester. matt. >>> thanks so much. to politics, president obama addresses the united nations today as the gop addresses a n plan to deal with the economy and health care. msnbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is here. >> the pre
again. >>> thanks for joining us, i'm eun yang. >> joe krebs is off on this friday, september 10th, 2010. it's a clear friday morning in the nation's capital and feeling a whole lot like fall. >> why don't we call it fall then. let's go for it. >> even if it's not official. >> good morning, i'm tom kierein, 61 at national airport. that's the coolest morning we've had all summer ever since last spring. and it's only near 60 in prince george's county. farther to the west and north, fairfax and montgomery, it is only near 50 around the blue ridge. and as well away from the waters on the eastern shore, in the low 40s. this is all due to high pressure coming down from southern canada all the way to the atlantic seaboard and that will be with us here at the time and tomorrow. and we'll have highs in the 70s both days and 50s in the morning. clouding up saturday late afternoon and evening. rain likely after saturday midnight drying out in time for the big game sunday night. eric thomas, how's our friday traffic? >> seeing growing volume. you can see the brake lights 270 southbound at 109. still
of the first u.s. warriors badly hurt in the iraq war. >> someone who served in battle, along with all the marines who knew i was gay. it did not matter. >> he got a medical discharge. but since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> it's long pastime to repeal this policy which is unjust, unamerican, and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: rublicans blocked a vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes repeal. >> the senate goes down this path, we would be ignoringhe views of the troops and casting aside the professional mility advice given by each of the four service chiefs. >> reporter: in fact, just before president obama awarded a medal of honor today, the marine he's chosen to keep in command of the core said don't letays serve openly let. >> we'reot quite sure what the impact will be on an all volunteer force. >> reporter: a bigger blow came from susan collins who backs repeal, but not to help democrats win more gay votes. >> now is not the time to play p
a month ago and now h seems to be doing it within a matter of days. that concerns us. >> reporter: in each case the robber brandishes a knife, grabs cash from the register, and runs away. >> establishments seem to be centered around route 28. so anyone who shops or does business on route 28, we ask you to keep your eyes and ears open. call us if you see anything unusual. >> reporter: so far no one has been injuredn any of these robberies but police are concerned that the suspect could become violent. if you have any information or recognize the person in the surveillan video, you're asked to call police in loudoun or fairfax county. in ashburn, darcy spencer, news 4. >>> after almost five months there appears to an end in sight with bp's blownout oil well. we're taking a look. crews are pumping in cement to seal the well from the bought a.m. and officials say that has hardened just fine. pressure and weight test is all that's needed to be sure it's permanently closed. an announcement is expected to come today. >> the picture from underwater hasn't always been perfect but it's been interes
. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a g
details coming up. >>> plus an azing medical story. four years ago dr. richard edward lost the use of his hands in a brush fire. now he has a new set of hands after jt the third double hand transplant in the united states. we will meet ricrd edwards and find out how he's doingn a few minutes. >> remarkable story. and live from new york it's "saturday night." 36 seasons. that's amazing. we h a chance to meet with the cast members about the new season. we'll tell you what to expect coming up. >> i left the studio yesterday morning. there was a line of people camping out trying to get into the show. >> they're out there now trying to pick up tickets. >>> first, with the mid-term elections around the corner a look back at t week in politics beginning with political theater. savannah guthrie reports. >> reporter: on capitol hill friday, morevidence of why some americans thinkashington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert was billed as an expert witness on farm labor and testified in character. >> congresswoman loffgrin asked me to use my vast experience as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy t
, in some cases, are surpassing us, especially in math and science. >> reporter: the president kicked off the education nation summifrom the white house and included a go of recruit iing ience, technology, english and math teachers. policy makers and teachers discussed ways to fix a system that's failing too many kids. >> status quo isn't good enough. >> reporter: and not good enough for parents like cynthia williams. she became an edution advocate 20 years ago when her ildren began school. >> my kids didn't get the best education. now i know by the time they got to college, remedial courses. theyhad to take remedial courses. >> reporter: from school policy hurdles to teacher troubles. unions ce under trouble for negotiating contcts that make it difficult or virtually impossible to fire poor performing teachers. new jersey's governor says students continue to pay the price if unions don't look for compromise. >> until they come along either willingly or being dragged along this isn't going to change. >> reporter: call for innovation and renewed dedication to give students a better path to
officials told us they would intensify efforts to make sure their clerks were honest. but it's still happening. meet willis willis of grand prairie texas. he plays the lottery at the same store every week. one day last spring he handed his teickets behind the counter >> i asked the guy to check my ticket if it was a winner or not. >> the clerk was a 25-year-old college student. >> he came back and said, you have a $2 winner. >> but it turns out willis had won a little more than 2 bucks. he had really won a million. his ticket, according to the local d.a., was stolen by the clerk. she presented the case to the grand jury. >> and they made a determination that the man commented the offense of claiming the lottery prize by fraud. >> it's hard to know exactly how often this happens. what we do know is all over the country lottery retailers are turning up as some of the biggest winners around. in new york, a lottery retailer has cashed 120 winning tickets for more than $500,000. and in florida there are seven lottery retailers among the frequent winners. including one that has tickets wor
are working? and what can each one of us do tohelp? our discussion with around duncan, leading reformer and chancellor of shington, d.c. school michelle rhee, randi weingarten, president of the federation of teachers. and robert bobb, emergency financial manager of detroit and robert bobb, emergency financial manager of detroit public schools. captions paid for by nbc-universal television 0. >>> but first, to politics and the divided congress. what will republicans do in power? this week, republican leaders in the house unveiled their pledge to americ campaign manifesto that's the 2010 version of the gop's contract with america from 1994. the higights -- extend the bush tax cuts, t spending, and repeal health care reform. >> our pledge to america is that the republicans stand ready to get it done and beginning today. >> but the question is, are these new ideas or more of the same? here to debate tt question among others, one of the architects of the republican pledge, the chairman of the house republican congress, representative -- representative mikpence of diana. he's here in new york
anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and e controversy over the proped islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you shouldet me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries ishat the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against amicans. >> rorter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the ia, wch sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two leading experts on speinspectio teams. >> reporter: they are under pressure
for the tailgaters. it's going to be a nice night night for a game. we have a fantastic week ahead of us. let's show you what's happening outside right now. we did see the rain across the area, but that did not stop a lot of people from coming down to the adams morgan day festival. look at all the people in the way there of rain. i'm not sure if this is the electric slide or what they were doing there. now look at this. look at the food down there as well. i would have liked to have gone there today. now partly to mostly cloudy skies. we'll see these to the east of the d.c. area. temperatures got up to 73 degrees. it's currently 70 degrees. nothing to show on the radar. most of the rain or actually all of the rain is now out of here. it has pushed well east. we're seeing clearing west of the district. to the east we're looking at cloud cover. to the west we're looking at nice temperatures and sunshine. look at winchester at 77. where we still have the clouds, 64 in annapolis and 66 in leonard town as well. redskins against the cowboys. partly cloudy, light winds achl great night for football. temper
two weeks ago. >>> nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us. >> reporter: the voters that votefor the first time in 2008 for the president, a lot of them are young, we're going to see the president on the campus of the united states of wisconsin at madison. there will be 100 companion watch parties, really drawing a page from the '08 playbook. if democrats can turn out some of these voters, i might make a difference in some of these key races. they're really trying to generate enthusiasm. in an interview the president said it would be inexcusable for democrats to stay on the sidelines this election. rahm emanuel widely expected to run for mayor in chicago. looks like that will happen and we could get an announcement as early as friday. the issue of course is who would replace him, would it be an interim chief of staff or will the president go ahead and name a permanent replacement. so definitely something to watch this week. >>> today a senate panel holds summit on safety after an explosion that killed sen people. >>> southwest is buying air transfer $1.4 billion that
lawson muse. harris shares off thbarbara har morning. >>> a lawtudent for the u.s. senate is in thhospital fig fighting to stay alive. she was badly injured after a hit-and-run accident. news 4's kimberly suiters is live in our newsroom withore. kimberly, what happened? >> pat,aryland state police say the driver thought she hit a deer or a dog and that's why she said she kept on going, when, nfrt, she hit a young woman from prince george's county, a young woman with a life full of potential and promise. >> why did you decide to run for the u.s. senate? >> because i don't feel that our elected officials are responsive to the needs of their constituents. >> reporter: she's just 30 years old, a third-year law student, but tang a school break to run on the green party ticket. natasha pettigrew's campaign motto is a literal statement, too. she was training for a triathlon when a driver hit her on her bike on campus way in largo early sunday morning. >> my hope is that she is 100% back to where she was when she left the house, and right now i ju want to be le to look at her and
. tracy wilkins joins us on this beautiful day. >> reporter: perfect day. and it's such a perfect day. we've got blue skies. eve got the clouds above us moving at just the right speed so we know there's no rain coming today. look at all the people behind us, hundreds of people who have lined up here for this labor di parade. folks who have been hanging out all weekend long. i'm telling you the word for today is fun. why not a little catch before the parade begins? the music to the parade with itself, like taking a trip back in time. >> it is small town. we have a lot of politicians that come for this and i'm sure there's going to be a lot this year since it's an election year. >> reporter: for years the green belt labor day weekend has been nonstop family fun. >> it's a great place to be. greatest place in the state of maryland to be. you see people you haven't seen in years. the weather is great. >> we come here every year. this year my daughter competed in the miss green belt pageant. we're here to support her. >> beyond the beauty contests, carnival rides and weekend-long activities, i
holt. the two of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. >>> then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. >>> plus an nbc
into my dance career before they realized, "you know, i guess he's doing it for good." >> we used to think that people to the ballet are either older, rich, retired people, and septime have made the dierence of bringing younger people that are just starting to be in charge of the decisions that we are making in thworld right here in washington, d.c., to be interested in the arts, and he has brought that entertainment factor for those people to be interested in taking them out of the where we think ballet is. and when they come and see what we are up to, they are like, "wow! i never thought this was ballet." >> the city seems very receptive to new ideas, expanding the repertoire, expanding the connections with the audience, and really challenging the audiences and mixing it up a little bit. so, yeah, i think that washington's been really receptive. >> many of septime's colleagues applaud his efforts and success in connecting the company to urban washingt through community outreach and also in creating diverse and theatrical programming, making ballet more accessible to washington, d.c., are
on the beach ahead of the storm. >> tom kierein joins us now to see if the storms will affect our weather. >> it certainly is for our viewers that live on the bay and the eastern shore tomorrow. as we take a look at the satellite view, earl does continue to intensify. it is a powerful storm with winds of 140-mile-an-hour. we'll get the latest updated track in about 20 minutes and i'll show that you. here's the latest track, category 4 storm, winds moving north/northwest at 16. that would bring it right near cape hatteras by around midnight tonight. and by 8:00 on friday morning, it would be just to the east of aci teague about and just by noon friday, just east of the delaware bay. and by 8:00 p.m. friday, just off of long island right near martha's vineyard and nantucket and later friday night moving over eastern new england, cape cod and then moving away. it does appear it could be brushing right along our atlantic seaboard tomorrow. there is a hurricane watch out where you see those areas in pink and it includes mouth of the delaware bay all the way over to the delaware beach. temperat
a guardil sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that. >>> first let's goack inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee iseaking in portage, wisconsin, some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. >>> "today"today a panel appoin presiden obama begins its investigation into the oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 1,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves sonatas built before september 10. >>> gas prices are holding eady, the average price for regular now $2.69 a gallon. >>> sve berk will become ceo of nbc universal. burke will replace the current ceo who will step down when the deal closes. >>> overseas markets are higher on wall street. erin burnett is on wall street. >> we're talking about the best september since 1939, we'll see if we can hold through the end of the week. an
transportation officials are hoping two new ramps will be a welcome change for commuters who use the wilson bridge. >>> and this morning, redskins' coaches will be studying just went wrong in st. louis after a loss to the rams. "news 4 midday" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone, and welcome to "news 4 midday." i'm barbara rrison. it's monday, september 27th, 2010. and we begin this morng with the much-needed rain and the possibility of some storms later today. tom kierein is here now with the forecast. tom? >> yeah. came in yesterday. we've had some occasional showers since then. and this morning, we did get a bit of a respite in the last hour or so, but now more rain is beginning to return. as we look a the radar in the last three hours, one wave of rain came early this morning in pennsylvania, but here comes another wave moving in. there's one are of very heavy rain crossing into central montgomery county heading to the north rapidly and continuing to move awa you see the light and dark blue, that is some light rain that stretches across much of virginia now, the panhandle of we
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